You put years of time and effort into your genealogy research but how much time do you devote to backing up your data? When was the last time you went through those data folders and made sure you had a backup copy either on a CD, DVD, flash drive or uploaded to an online service?
Backing up your data is essential since hard drives fail, laptops are stolen, and some media like CDs don’t last forever. The first day of each month has been designated as Data Backup Day as a way to motivate our readers to at least think about their data and the consequences of not having access to it.
So here’s our way of nagging you. We won’t post a story about someone’s data loss – we’ve either experienced it or have heard from others who have. Do it for your data and the ability to pass your research on to someone else in your family. Just do it.
Data Types To Backup
The main focus is your research database but think about backing up these items as well:
- Internet favorites and bookmarks
- photos and scanned documents
- blog posts and templates
Here are some links that will help you determine the way to backup your data as well as some personal stories from other genealogy bloggers about data loss:
- 11 Ways To Create Backups And Prevent Data Loss– Examiner.com
- Backup Your Blogger Based Blog – Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers
- Data Backup Day (for digital scrapbookers) – Scrap Your Roots
- Data Backup Day: Why You Should Backup Nightly– Jennifer’s Genealogy Blog
- Don’t Be Blog Gone: Tips For Keeping Your Blog Backed-Up and Secure– Little Bytes of Life
- FavBackup – A New Way To Backup Your Browser Settings – Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers
- Free Online Storage Feature-by-Feature Comparison – Lifehacker
- GFI Backup – Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers
- It’ll Be OK, Just Breath(a data loss scare) – Begins With Craft
- Monday Madness: A Question of Backups– Bluebonnet Country Genealogy
- NO, It Can’t Wait! (Backup Now)– Internet-Genealogy Blog
- Other Backup Posts – Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers
- Protecting Your Blog– Family Matters